Briefly ~ February/March 2017 ~ By Jessica A. Volz

The-Bequest

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

~ C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis, or Jack Lewis, as he preferred to be called, was born in Belfast, Ireland (now Northern Ireland) on November 29, 1898. While his role in the Oxford-based Inklings group is frequently cited, few realize that his father was a lawyer.

Did you know that there is a new BBC adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed

The Witness for the Prosecution?

Photo courtesy of Acorn TV.

Photo courtesy of Acorn TV.

Here is a synopsis:

A brutal and bloodthirsty murder has stained the plush carpets of a handsome London townhouse. The victim is the glamorous and rich Emily French (Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City). All the evidence points to Leonard Vole (Billy Howle, New Worlds), a young chancer to whom the heiress left her vast fortune and who ruthlessly took her life, or so Emily’s housekeeper avows in court. Leonard is adamant that his partner, the enigmatic chorus girl Romaine, can prove his innocence. Tasked with representing Leonard is his solicitor John Mayhew and King’s Counsel, Sir Charles Carter KC.

The adaptation premieres in the United States on January 30.

Of Note:

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Trials of the Century, a father-daughter effort by Mark J. Phillips and Aryn Z. Phillips, offers a page-turning investigation of ten of the most sensational crimes of the 20th century. The authors excel at positioning these trials in their proper social and cultural contexts. This book is a must-read for trial junkies and history buffs alike.

Trials of the Century (New York: Prometheus Books, 2016). $19.

WHEN SOMEONE IS REALLY COMMITMENT-PHOBIC

"Can you add some legal language to this valentine to make revocable?"

“Can you add some legal language to this Valentine to make revocable?”

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